Having admired the work of NABO ever since we bought our first boat some 16 years ago, I was delighted to be invited to join the Council. I didn’t quite tumble to what David had in mind, though, when I soon discovered that he was planning to stand down after five years as the Chairman! His are huge boots to step into, but what a pleasure and huge privilege it has proved to be, being able to work with such an amazing bunch of totally committed and highly professional boaters! I must start by thanking David for his wonderful support and for always being there - not only to give sage advice but to continue to participate in everything we do. I will refer to this further as we look at activities through the year.
The new facilities building and club headquarters for Aylesbury Canal Society at Circus Field basin on the edge of Aylesbury was formally handed over to Society Chairman Bryan Barnes ( left) on 12 September by Peter Hubbard of the builders, Lodge Park Construction Limited.
This weekend has been the final days of the Tall Ships Festival, with the fleet in the tidal Thames. They have been moored at Woolwich, O2 arena and Greenwich. Many have been open to visitors and others have been running trips from Woolwich up to Tower Bridge and back. Your roving reporter walked from Woolwich up to the City today.